Item - Yab-yab-gnerni-gnim

ID UNSW PR 2011/1041 (121363)
Artist Minnie LUMAI (1941 - )
Title Yab-yab-gnerni-gnim
Alternate Titles (part of the Waringarri Suite)
Category Print
Medium colour etching
Materials coloured inks, paper support
Edition Number 34/50
Measurements (cms)  
  Height 25.00
  Width 25.00
  Depth 0.00
  Other 0.00
  Location signed lower right beneath image; and embossed studio stamp in lower right corner
  Signed signed in pencil: MINNELUMAI (sic)
  When 2008
  Where Australia, NT, Darwin, Northern Editions Printmaking
Style Abstract
Subject Dreaming story
Credit Line
Description/Remarks    Image depicts small and large sized multiple shapes in dark orange, orange and yellow bordered in cream and delineated with cream-coloured dots; on a slate-blue coloured ground. From Waringarri Aboriginal Arts - "Print Description: This print tells a key dreaming story for the Miriwoong and Gadjerriwoong peoples for the ownership of country around Kununurra, and to the east. In this area a freshwater spring flows into a creek called Gilijing, which empties into the Keep River. Near here is a ridge where Jarlangarnang the plains kangaroo, fought Nyangood the hill kangaroo, in the dreamtime. The plains kangaroo was a Miriwoong man and the hill kangaroo was a Gadjerriwoong man. Up on the ridge at Yab-yab-gnerni-gnim, the hill kangaroo put his hands in the ground to get sugarbag (wild honey). He didn't tell the plains kangaroo where the sugarbag was hidden so when the latter put his hands in, he got nothing. The plains kangaroo went wild and they started to fight all over the ridges. In the fight each threw a big spear (Ganamboorroong). The spears got stuck in each man and became tails - they became the two types of kangaroo. The plains kangaroo told the hill kangaroo 'This is not your place. This is Miriwoong country.' So the hill kangaroo followed the ridges back to Gadjerriwoong country and the plains kangaroo went to another part of the Miriwoong country. The circles indicate the areas in which the dreamtime argument occurred."
Exhibition History Kimberley Ink: the Waringarri Suite and selected new etchings Northern Editions Gallery, Darwin; and thence University of Wollongong; Heritage House Cultural Centre, South Perth (16/08/2008 - 00/04/2009)
Prints Charming: introducing The Waringarri Suite Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston Texas, USA (21/01/2010 - 18/03/2010)

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